No improperly registered SIM cards on any network’

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THE Federal Government on Thursday replied lawmakers on their concern about criminals using communication devices to perpetrate evils across the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, said as of 2019, there was no improperly registered subscriber identification module (SIM) card on any of the networks in the country.

In a statement in Abuja by his Technical Assistant, Dr. Femi Adeluyi, the minister threatened to sanction individuals and institutions with evidence of improperly registered SIM cards against them in their networks.

Pantami said he was also concerned about National Assembly’s worry about the insecurity across the country and that he was ready to appear before them on the matter.

The minister said he was awaiting the National Assembly’s official invitation and thanked the senators for their concern and support towards improving national security, the statement said.

It added: “Based on the report submitted by the regulator (Nigerian Communications Commission) on September 26, 2019, there is currently no improperly registered SIM on our networks.

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“In the event of evidence to the contrary, the Honourable Minister will sanction any individual or institution found wanting.”

“Furthermore, Dr. Pantami wrote to all security agencies on October 14, 2019, asking them to collaborate with the ministry by contacting us whenever a crime has been aided and abetted through the use of telecommunication devices.

“No request by security agencies for assistance in the identification of owners of SIMs used for crime has gone untreated in his office. The Honourable Minister also submitted a detailed memorandum to the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Nigerian Security Challenges on February 12, 2020.

“It contained details on policies developed by the ministry to enhance security.

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